New Terminal Opens at Iwate Hanamaki Airport - Improvements for Int’l Flights and More

New Terminal Opens at Iwate Hanamaki Airport - Improvements for Int’l Flights and More

Iwate Hanamaki Airport New Terminal

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Iwate Hanamaki Airport in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture opened its new terminal building on April 9.

The construction of the new building is part of Iwate Prefecture’s Airport Improvement Project designed to expand airport facilities to accommodate large aircraft, such as for international charter flights. It is placed on the east side of the runway, across from the old building. The three-story structure has a floor space of around 7600 m2, about 1,000 m2 more than the previous terminal.

Information boards and such now have universal designs, and passenger foot traffic has been separated between international and domestic flights. Waiting rooms have been enlarged, and overall convenience has been improved. There are more facilities offering various services such as restaurants, shops and an exhibition corner displaying products from the prefecture, as well as a new event area. There is also a free parking lot right in front of the building’s entrance that can hold up to 1,150 vehicles.

On the 9th, when the terminal opened, an opening ceremony in which Governor Takuya Tasso cut a ribbon was held following the arrival of a Japan Airlines (JAL) flight from Chubu, the first of the day. Airport staff and officials were also in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new terminal.

Presently, domestic JAL flights out of Hanamaki Airport fly on three routes to Sapporo (New Chitose), Chubu (Centrair) and Osaka (Itami). As of fiscal 2008, there are about seventy international charter flights annually, mostly to Taiwan. There will be aggressive promotion of the new terminal’s convenience and development of ways to attract customers and visitors with the aim of establishing more commercial flights.